the humara karachi festival saw what can effectively be called north nazimabad’s boat basin formally decorated as a food street last night. probably because it was a saturday, there were loads of people gorging themselves on some of the better known and some of the lesser known eateries’ product. what was nice to see was a small book stall set up as part of the whole food street thing – and the people were buying. that should be an indication to whoever is supposed to monitor these things that the people of karachi need lighter-on-the-pocket options to access decent reading material. the union council libraries help but they’re a far cry from being enough.
alliance francaise also hosted tina sani under the aegis of sampurna, as mansoor mentioned earlier. it was a small party, smaller than i’d expected at least, not more than 60 people, but as any tina sani event is bound to be – it was awesome. her renditions of faiz ahmed faiz remind you of what ghazal singing is all supposed to be about.
so, all in all, karachi had a pretty rich cultural night yesterday what with all these events and the shadi season in full swing. may the feeling of well being and all round glad-to-be-in-karachi attitude continue throughout the upcoming higher tension months of muharram and safar and the rest of the year.